There is a new report claiming that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CarPlay could expand to 24 million vehicles by the year 2019. There are currently 29 auto companies that are partnered with Apple for CarPlay, including Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Audi, Volvo, etc. Apple announced CarPlay last year at WWDC. Some of CarPlay’s features include the ability to make phone calls, play voicemails, and listen to music through the in-dashboard touchscreen. Google has launched an auto dashboard service of their own and spearheaded the Open Automotive Alliance. Google’s dashboard service is based on Android and is called Android Auto. Android is backed by car companies.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is investing $55 million into a 100 acre and 17.5-megawatt solar farm in North Carolina. Claremont City signed off on a development agreement with Apple on Monday to annex land for its new solar farm. This investment further proves Apple is committed to fighting climate change by investing in renewable resources. This past April, Apple said that its data centers and 120 retail stores would be powered with renewable resources. Apple’s new headquarters will also run on green energy.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has patented a way for building devices using all-glass outer casings by fusing together pieces. The all-glass device casings could be used for holding the inside components of an iOS device or a monitor.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has signed up 9 more manufacturers for CarPlay, which include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram. CarPlay lets users that already own a smartphone bring that same experience into an infotainment system.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri competes against Google Now and Microsoft Cortana. To make sure that Siri receives more positive reviews over its rivals. According to Wired, Apple has formed its own speech recognition team and a “neural-net-boosted Siri is on the way.”
Apple employees and CEO Tim Cook attended the Pride Parade in San Francisco on Sunday. Cook fully supports LGBT issues and was joined by Apple Environment Director Lisa Jackson at the event. Employees gave out $1 iTunes gift cards to celebrate. Check out some of the social media posts from the event below:
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Walmart has dropped the price of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5s and 5c as part of a deeply discounted “permanent price change” starting today. The 16GB iPhone 5c costs $29 with a two-year phone contract. It used to sell for $49 at Walmart. The Apple retail store is selling it for $99 with a two-year contract. Walmart is selling the iPhone 5s for $99, which is down from $149. The two-year contracts are available through Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. The deal is only available at Walmart’s stores. The iPhone 5s starts at $199 in Apple Stores and Apple.com.
Apple is ceasing the development of its Aperture and iPhoto apps. Both apps will be replaced with the Photos for OS X app when it ships next year.